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The Causes and Effects of Eighth-Grade Syndrome Throughout History
fotc (Mazui Subs, Unlimited Translation Works)
Section 5 describes the evolution of eighth-grade syndrome cases from trigger to trigger. The key point is that sufferers proceed through a series of triggers, adapting their case to assimilate each subsequent trigger. For a supernatural power-type case, the real world is typically one of these triggers, and so their imaginary world typically contains fragments of the real world.
For the remaining sections of this article, various historical and cultural phenomena will be named as results of eighth-grade syndrome.
6 The Voynich Manuscript
The Voynich Manuscript is an illustrated hand-written text in an unknown writing system of approximately 20 to 30 glyphs dating back to the fifteenth century. All attempts to decode the text have failed. The text is divided into six sections, each expounding on (supposedly, based on illustrations) different aspects of the (or a) world. Of particular interest in this article are the “herbal” section, which depicts various plants, each with a set of notes, and the “cosmological” section, which contains circular diagrams which depict a universal organization.
Few of the plants in the herbal section are identifiable with any certainty. Many are unidentifiable as any known species, and some are chimaeric of existing species. The organization of the herbal section is similar to professional herbals of the time. The cosmology does not correspond to any known cosmologies.
The origins and purpose of the text remains a mystery. All theories have supporters and refuters, and all fail to provide a satisfying explanation of the text. This text may be explained, however, in terms of eighth-grade syndrome, and this will be done in this article. In this light, the Voynich Manuscript is the product of a supernatural power-type case of eighth-grade syndrome dating back to the fifteenth century.
The text describes the world of the sufferer, which is constructed partially using various elements of the known world. Most plants in the herbal section do not correspond to known species because they are not of this world, but the sufferer’s imaginary world. Similarly, the cosmological section describes the cosmology of the sufferer’s imaginary world.
The writing system has yet to be decoded because it is a writing system invented by the sufferer (a common occurrence). It may or may not correspond to any known language; however, judging from the strangeness of many writing systems and grammars developed by modern-day sufferers, decoding may require considerable effort.
In the interest of time, any further expansion on this topic will be performed in the final version of this article.
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